Nature

NAKADAKE CRATER

The Nakadake is one of the most active volcano in Japan.  Inside its crater lies a beautiful fuming blue lake and it is even possible for you to see it from above.

Because of the toxic gazes released from the crater, the access can be restricted. Please follow this link to check the actual situation.

You can access the Nakadake crater by car until the top (there is a fee for the last part of the road)  or use a cable-car at the rope-way station. You can also take a bus from Aso train station to the rope-way station.

KUSASENRI

On the way to the Nakadake crater, there is a place called Kusasenri. It is a very popular spot with an amazing view and a beautiful grassland. If the access to the crater is closed, this is the best place to enjoy a view on the fuming Nakadake.

In addition to the Aso volcano museum and the various restaurants you’ll find there, it is also possible to enjoy walking or even horse riding. Kusasenri is a good starting point for trekking on Mount Aso.

You can access Kusasenri by car in about 25 minutes or take a bus from Aso station.

SUNASENRI

Sunasenri is situated just next to the Nakadake crater. Unlike Kusasenri, there is no grassland here and the place may even look like it is a desert. It is a popular path for everyone who wants to hike on Mount Aso.

KOMEZUKA

The perfectly shaped Komezuka looks like a bowl of rice turned upside down. In order to protect the flora, it is not possible to climb the Komezuka.

There is no public transpotation to the Komezuka. But if you stop at Kusasenri and climb the Kishimadake you’ll have a beautiful view of Komezuka (the one on the picture above).

DAIKANBŌ

If you’re asking for the most popular observation point in Aso, there is a good chance that almost everyone will introduce you to the Daikanbō. Situated on the outer rim, the view from here is breathtaking.  From the  Daikanbō, Mount Aso looks like a Buddha lying on his back.

In addition to the amazing view, you’ll find there a facility where you’ll be able to get many kinds of souvenirs and refreshments. It is also possible to have a nice walk around while enjoying the view.

You can access the Daikanbō by car (about 25 minutes from Aso station) or take a bus at Aso station. But be careful because there is only six buses a day on weekdays and four on week ends.

OGIDAKE

At Ogidake (or mount Ogi) you’ll be able to enjoy a 360 degree view on Mount Aso, Kuju mountains and Mount Sobo at the same time on a clear day. You can also make a stop at the little shrine situated at the top.

Ogidake is situated about 40 minutes by car from Aso station in Namino area just before the frontier with Oita prefecture. Unfortunately there is no public transportation available to Ogidake.

KOGA NO TAKI

Very popular waterfall in Aso, especially in the middle of winter. Around February the waterfall itself is frozen giving an all new scene to the visitors. We also recommend to go there while it’s illuminated (only on specific evenings).

Koga no Taki is also accessible any time of the year and provides a nice walk.

30 minutes by car from Aso station. From the parking you’ll have to walk for about 15 minutes to finally reach the waterfall.

No public transportation available.

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